Global actors

UN-related organizations and international agencies

United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund

United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) is a special organization of the United Nations (UN) devoted to aiding national efforts to improve the health, nutrition, education, and general welfare of children.

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and development

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is an international organisation that works to build better policies for better lives. From improving economic performance and creating jobs to fostering strong education and fighting international tax evasion, it provides a unique forum and knowledge hub for data and analysis, exchange of experiences, best-practice sharing, and advice on public policies and global standard-setting.

The World Bank

The World Bank is an international organization dedicated to providing financing, advice, and research to developing nations to aid their economic advancement.

Inter-American Development Bank

Inter-American Development Bank is an organization that help improve health, education and advance infrastructure through providing loans, grants and technical assistance together with conducting extensive research.

The International Labour Organization

The International Labour Organization (ILO) is devoted to promoting social justice and internationally recognized human and labour rights, pursuing its founding mission that social justice is essential to universal and lasting peace.

United Nations High Comissioner for Refugees

United Nations High Comissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is operating to safeguard the rights and well-being of people who have been forced to flee. Together with partners and communities, the organization works to ensure that everybody has the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another country.

International workgroups

The Global Partnership for Education

The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) is exclusively dedicated to giving more children in the poorest countries the education they need to unlock their full potential. GPE mobilizes global and national investments and brings partners together to help governments build strong education systems, based on data and evidence to facilitate providing equitable, quality education for all.

The Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies

The Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) is an open, global network of members working together within a humanitarian and development framework to ensure that all individuals have the right to a quality, safe, relevant, and equitable education. 

The Education Commission

The Education Commission is a global initiative encouraging greater progress on Sustainable Development Goal 4 – ensuring inclusive and quality education and promoting lifelong learning for all. The Commission is helping to create a pathway for reform and increased investment in education by mobilizing strong evidence and analysis while engaging with world leaders, policymakers, and researchers.

National Development Aid Agencies

The Department for International Development

The Department for International Development (DFID) leads the UK’s work to end extreme poverty.

United States Agency for International Development

USAID is the world’s premier international development agency and an actor driving development results. The purpose of foreign aid should be ending the need for its existence, and agency provides assistance to help partner countries on their own development way to self-reliance.

The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency

SIDA is Sweden’s government agency for development cooperation. The agency does not implement the aid interventions, but works in partnership with other actors. SIDA’s role is to allocate financial resources and to develop knowledge and competence, while local partners manage and execute the projects.

The Agence Française de Développement

AFD funds, supports and accelerates the transitions to a fairer and more sustainable world.
Focusing on climate, biodiversity, peace, education, urban development, health and governance, agency’s teams carry out more than 4,000 projects in France’s overseas departments and territories and another 115 countries to contribute to the commitment of France and French people to support the sustainable development goals.

Japan International Cooperation Agency

Japan International Cooperation Agencyworks on human security and quality growth in a variety of areas e.g. education, social security, transportation, etc. JICA uses an array of development assistance schemes to meet the diverse needs of developing countries around the world such as providing grants and loans for developing countries along with managing partnership programs and enhancing cooperation in technology sphere.

Dubai Cares

Dubai Cares is playing a key role in helping achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4, which aims to ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning by 2030, by supporting programs in early childhood development, access to quality primary and secondary education, technical and vocational education and training for youth as well as a particular focus on education in emergencies and protracted crises.

Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation

The main purpose of Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation is to ensure that national development aid funds are spent in the best possible way. Norad’s five main working areas are aid advisory services, quality assurance and monitoring, grant programs, public reporting and activities evaluation.

German Society for International Cooperation

German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) is dedicated to provide services in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development and international education work around the world. GIZ has over 50 years of experience in a wide variety of areas, including economic development and employment promotion, energy and the environment, peace and security.

Korean Educational Development Institute

KEDI plays a pivotal role as a national think tank in setting the national agenda of Korean education. Addressing educational issues and challenges, it provides guidelines of innovating the educational system for the enhancement of educational quality.

Global Affairs Canada

Global Affairs Canada manages Canada’s diplomatic relations and leads international development and humanitarian assistance.

Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Today, many developing countries are growing rapidly, with aid representing an increasingly small proportion of development finance. To be effective in this new context, Australia’s aid program is becoming more innovative and catalytic, leveraging other drivers for development, such as private sector investment and domestic finance.

Austrian Development Agency

The three major concerns of the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), the operational unit of the Austrian Development Cooperation are combating poverty, ensuring peace and preserving the environment.  ADA currently funds projects and programmes with a total volume of 500 million euros to improve living conditions in developing countries.

International Initiatives

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Russia Education Aid for Development

READ was agreed in 2008 as a joint project of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation and the World Bank  in order to promote international development in education and provide support to United Nations member countries in building the capacity of institutions responsible for the measurement of educational achievements and the use of these data to improve teaching and learning.

Global alliance to monitor learning (GAML)

The Global Alliance to Monitor Learning (GAML) is an international collaboration to improve learning around the world, led by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS). GAML is designed to improve learning outcomes by supporting national strategies for learning assessments and developing internationally-comparable indicators and methodological tools to measure progress towards key targets of Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4).

Center for international cooperation in education development

CICED aim is the coordination and execution of work on initiatives designed to help international development in education, particularly through aid to developing countries and provision of the sustainable development and self-sufficiency as well.


Bill and Melinda Gates foundation

The foundation is teaming up with partners around the world to take on challenges such as extreme poverty and poor health in developing countries, and the failures of America’s education system as well.

Aga Khan Development Network

AKDN is a network of private, non-denominational development agencies founded by the Aga Khan, which work primarily in the poorest parts of Asia and Africa. AKDN agencies areas of interest are education, economic, healthcare and cultural development across the world.

Children’s Investment Fund Foundation

CIFF is the world’s largest philanthropy that focuses specifically on improving children’s lives. CIFF works with a wide range of partners, and areas of work include maternal and child health, nutrition, education, deworming, tackling child slavery and exploitation, and supporting smart ways to slow down and stop climate change.

Russian International Affairs Council

RIAC is a non-profit academic and diplomatic think tank that are aimed at strengthening peace, friendship and solidarity between people. It conducts and supports a number of research, educational and publishing projects.